Paul began his letter to Titus by saying that faith and a knowledge of the truth leads to godliness (Titus 1:1). The gospel shapes our lives – it’s about understanding, which transforms hearts, and that leads to transformed lives.
Some people say that the Bible speaks about themselves, but really the Bible is not about me, it’s about God: his character and purpose. When Moses heard from God in the burning bush, Moses protested.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:11-12)
God answered his protestations with a promise of his presence. Moses was an instrument to bring about God’s purposes.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:11-15)
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7)
The gospel is not just to bring unbelievers to Christ, it is to be preached to believers so we can learn:
We forget who we were.
There is too much talk, especially on Facebook, about ourselves.
Gospel humility is thinking of myself less and others more.
The gospel is the best news anyone can hear.
God is generous with his grace.
When you have Jesus, you have everything.
Hope of eternal life. Joint heir with Christ etc
Towns and villages teaming with people who think they have everything but are still unsatisfied.
Take careful thought, treasure the gospel. Only the gospel can change our lives.
[EMW Ladies Conference 25 April 2015: Speaker Kath Paterson from Bristol]